New Italian tree
I've been learning Italian on Duolingo since last summer and I have also seen some other trees (like German or Spanish) and I have to say that Italian is worse than them. It has got a lot less words and very few lessons in comparison to some other courses.
I also know that a few months ago the German course got a new tree and I know that the Swedish tree is being rebuilt.
I would like to know then if there is planned an improvement in Italian tree? Will there be more skills, lessons and words?
Yes, a new Italian tree is being worked on, but there are only two contributors to that course, so it may take a while before it becomes available to users.
Thank you for information. Do you know what is the estimated time of the release? What is going to be changed or added?
A few words will be removed, a few skills and words will be added, some words will move around. It's not entirely fixed and will continue to evolve until contributors feel it is ready to be released (and they will probably start working on another version not too long after it's out).
As for a date, I really can't say, but there aren't many people working on it (and they also have to keep checking and responding to user reports), so don't get your hopes too high for the near future.
I think there are plenty of words on the Italian tree, but one thing I would like them to do is explain more about how the three past tenses are used. I feel like the last past tense was just thrown in there with no explanation. I had to look it up online to see when it's used lol.
It would also be great if they could include more sample sentences in the tips section.
Just a couple of sections past Numbers go to Pres. Per Once you click 'in" you will see a pretty useful section below the lessons. This is not available or necessary for most sections but this is what I was referring to.
If you are using the website, when you click on a subject, you can choose which individual lesson you want to access, and for some subjects, there are tips laid out for that subject.
The last past tense is only really used in literature. Also, southern Italians like to use it is their go to past tense (especially in Sicily). Otherwise just practice avere/essere + past participle for recent past and the past imperfect for farther in the past.
The last past tense is just a bonus. It's a tense mostly used in literature. The Italian tree from Spanish does not have that skill.
I've just finished the Italian tree and would really appreciate it being extended.
I think it needs upgrading too, but I've found that learning from itialian another language has been a useful exercise. I'm studying from it French and German and I think the comparison of grammar is helping me understand it more plus the vocabulary is more interesting and isn't so prudish. They don't spend any time on gender so a huge concept to English learner's is only introduced incidentally in tedesco and francese and some of the subtlety that must be quotidian to people immersed in gender is conveyed about the differences. The polite second person singular is given much more attention. German seems to need a lot more unfamiliar words to say things coherently, so I'm seeing words in Italian that get two or three different words in German but it's good to know that what you are saying can also mean something else and German has the biggest vocabulary in the duoverse unless you want to learn Norwegian (haven't checked this fact) so you get the Italian workarounds. In fact I think I'm learning things about Italian that I couldn't possibly learn directly from English.
My plug for "laddering".